Republicans as mainstream as Charles Krauthammer and George Will have lamented the abuse of power and utter lawlessness of this administration. Tea party conservatives have been appalled at what they’ve been seeing from this corrupt administration since the beginning. But it’s not just them, anymore. A sense that the Regime’s lawlessness is destroying the Republic has become an overriding concern for many Republicans – and perhaps a few Democrats, too.
The I-word is coming out from the fringes (and the highway overpasses) and to Republican town halls.
ABC News is picking up on the impeachment chatter at town hall meetings this month that have mostly focused on repealing Obamacare, immigration reform, and the War on Terror, but one “unexpected” topic found its way into the conversation: the impeachment of Obama.
At least two members of Congress – one from Texas and the other from Michigan – have openly discussed the unlikely possibility of booting the president from office.
Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich., Monday said it would be a “dream come true” to write a bill to impeach President Obama after constituents asked what he is doing to stop the president from “doing everything that he’s doing against [the] Constitution.”
“If I could write that bill and submit it, it would be a dream come true,” Bentivolio said at the Birmingham Bloomfield Republican Club Meeting. “I feel your pain. I stood twelve feet away from [the president] and listened to him. I couldn’t stand being there, but because he is president I have to respect the office. That’s my job, as a congressman. I respect the office.”
Bentivolio noted that he has already asked various lawyers and scholars to advise him on how to impeach the president of the United States.
Earlier this month, Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, told town hall attendees in Luling, Texas, that the House of Representatives would be in favor of impeaching President Obama, but that proceedings would most likely fail in the Democratic-controlled Senate.
“If we were to impeach the president tomorrow, you could probably get the votes in the House of Representatives to do it,” he said to constituents. “But it would go to the Senate, and he wouldn’t get convicted.”
Despite an inability to articulate what makes the president impeachable, Farenthold went on to argue that the country would be “damaged” if it had to endure another failed impeachment, like that of the Clinton presidency.
In both cases, constituents brought up the possibility of impeachment to their congressional representatives.
The subject also raised its head at an event at a local Civic Center with Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), Wednesday. Coburn warned that Obama was veering “perilously close” to the standards of conduct necessary to be impeached.
In a video uncovered by BuzzFeed, Coburn warned that the Congress may have to act if Obama does not alter course in the coming months.
What you have to do is you have to establish the criteria that would qualify for proceedings against the president and that’s called impeachment,” Coburn said in response to a question. “That’s not something you take lightly and you have to use a historical precedent of what that means.I think there’s some intended violation of the law in this administration, but I also think there’s a ton of incompetence of people who are making decisions,” Coburn continued.
“I don’t have the legal background to know if that rises to high crimes and misdemeanor but I think they’re getting perilously close,” Coburn added.
People are starting to talk about it. I think we’ll be hearing more such talk in the coming days.
And as I noted at the Conversation, earlier today – why the hell hasn’t the most corrupt Atty General in American history been impeached, yet? I want them both OUT!